Before the recession began in 2008 many companies had "morale enhancement" budgets and policies. Whether they returned justifiable benefits to the employers is hard to know but employees sure liked them, and missed them when ausertity measures kicked in. But wait, research now suggests that well designed lighting accomplishes the same thing. Dimmable LED ambient lighting controls can be just as useful to employee happiness as casual Fridays, holiday parties and vacation time.
A study by the Institute for Research in Construction at The National Research Council of Canada found employees are more fond of their work spaces when they have the ability to adjust the brightness of their lighting. The researchers placed 118 workers in a mock office space and had them perform various simulated office tasks. For the first half of the afternoon, the participants were not allowed to make any changes to the illumination level, and were given an individual lighting control at the end of the afternoon. In addition to the tasks, they completed questionnaires in regard to discomfort, mood, satisfaction and other topics.